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Archive for May 27th, 2008

That’s just 1 of 5 conclusions reached by a national study investigating the use of libraries and museums, carried out by The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in America.  

The report also found that libraries, along with museums evoke considerable trust amongst diverse sets of adult users; moreso than any other information sources.  The study also confirmed that the use of the Internet as a platform for promoting library resources benefits users and library services exponentially.  

Check out the full survey results here and if you’ve got time click into the Powerpoint presentation for a more in-depth and fascinating discussion of the key findings. 

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The Aftermath of the Sichuan Earthquake - image courtesy of Mercycorps.orgJust over two weeks ago the Sichuan province of China was hit by its deadliest earthquake in over 3 decades, measuring between 8.0 – 8.3 on the Richter Scale.  Since then there’s been a further 52 major aftershocks with experts predicting more of the same in the coming weeks and months. 

To date almost 63,000 people have been confirmed dead and around 300,000 others injured.  In addition to the tragic loss of human life, millions are now homeless and without adequete resources to recover from the disaster.  Schools, hospitals and libraries have also been destroyed, leaving millions without a place to call their own. 

The Chinese American Librarians Assocation (CALA) has set up a website where you can contribute towards the Earthquake Relief Fund.  Click here to make a donation. 

Found via American Libraries Association Newsletter.  Image courtesy of Mercy Corps

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